Kirk Cameron isn’t the first person to be attacked for espousing personal views in a televised setting, but he has a point when it comes to the seemingly one-sided definition of “tolerance” being preached in the community square today. And whether you side with Cameron regarding the homosexuality issue, or you differ passionately with his views, it is still a scary thing to think that the push for tolerance excludes any person or group, whether it is Kirk Cameron and his Christianity position, or Martin Luther King and his push for racial equality.
All Americans deserve a voice. And ABC News reported that Cameron said as much after his comments during a Piers Morgan interview on CNN drew the ire of the homosexual community.
“I should be able to express moral views on social issues, especially those that have been the underpinning of Western civilization for 2,000 years, without being slandered, accused of hate speech, and told from those who preach “tolerance” that I need to either bend my beliefs to their moral standards or be silent when I’m in the public square,” he said.
The child star of Growing Pains is correct, of course, since he should be able to receive the same “tolerance” for his personal views and Christian lifestyle as that of the homosexual community or any other group in America. Otherwise, tolerance isn’t “tolerance,” right?
The GLAAD organization, however, was anything but happy to think that a child star of one of the most popular TV sitcoms in the ‘80s was openly answering Morgan’s question with anything other than complete support for their lifestyle.
“Saying that gay people are ‘detrimental to civilization’ might be ‘loving’ in Kirk Cameron’s mind, but it’s gay youth and victims of bullying who truly suffer from adults like Cameron who espouse these ideas,” the GLAAD spokesman said.
But Kirk Cameron never said in his CNN interview that “gay people are detrimental to civilization,” as the GLAAD spokesman stated.
Instead, when Piers Morgan put Kirk Cameron on the spot about homosexuality—despite the fact that Cameron wasn’t on the show to talk about it—Cameron said what his faith dictated, that the homosexual lifestyle was “unnatural” and “detrimental.”
That’s a big difference from saying gay people are detrimental, as GLAAD said.
Kirk Cameron’s Christian faith teaches him in 1 Corinthians 6:9 that,
“Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
GLAAD’s members believe those biblical verses aren’t applicable to them. And therein is the heart of the matter. But therein is also the issue of today: a need for GLAAD to be as tolerant of Cameron’s position on the issue of homosexuality as they expect him to be on their position about Christianity.
Both Kirk Cameron and GLAAD members have a right to espouse their views in a public setting. The public can decide which they believe and who they choose to listen to, but no group of people should be able to shut the mouths of the other in this supposed day of “tolerance.”
Cameron has as much right to speak out against homosexuality when put on the spot by a television host as GLAAD does to promote the lifestyle. Neither should be able to say the other is exhibiting “hate speech” just because their opinions differ, however.
And that may end up being the real Monumental lesson learned from the publicity surrounding Kirk Cameron’s upcoming documentary scheduled to be shown in theatres around the country on March 27.